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RATINGS: 1707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
With the developing interest in Belgian abbey ales and the monasteries that brew them, it’s time to remind the world that here in the U.S., we have a Monk of our own. Jazz icon Thelonious Monk is the inspiration for North Coast Brewing’s new Belgian-style abbey ale called, appropriately enough, Brother Thelonious. The beer is being released in conjunction with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (www.monkinstitute.org), and the brewery will make a contribution to the Institute for every case sold to support jazz education.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv Like a Belgian “Dark Strong Ale”, the beer is rich and robust with an ABV of 9%. The package is a 750 ml bottle with a traditional cork and wire finish and features a label picturing the jazz master himself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
60minuteman (1335) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2015
A beautiful red/orange/yellow color and thin double layer of off-white head. Sweet balanced aroma, wheat, grass, floral, strawberries, cherries, banana. Flavor is bursting with a punch of fresh fruit, floral malt, grass, clove and yeast. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3527) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2015
Bottle at home. Aroma is malt, caramel, spicy herbal notes, ’kerststol’, cinnamon, yeast, brown sugar, a little chocolate. Flavour is sweet with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Body is medium to full. Rich and tasty, enjoyable sippin’ beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Great beer, with malty xmasi flavours. Long taste, with burnt notes. Alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DW78715816 (119) - Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Lighter in color and flavor than I expected. Alcohol is masked well, plum and malt flavor. Quite smooth. Dangerously easy drinking. Not on par with its Belgian counterparts like Chimay Blue, but it is good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (2250) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2015
Rating #1464 - 13.02.2015 - On tap @underground_yeg - Tap Takeover for North Coast hosted by @YEGbeergirl. Clear, dark brown pour, bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeast, brown sugar, orange zest, chocolate, coriander. Taste is alcohol, toffee malts, grains, mild spiciness. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1419) - SCOTLAND - DEC 21, 2015
355ml Bottle from Good Spirits Wine & Beer (£3.50):
This one was quite a nice Belgian style beer that was quite sweet with plenty dark fruits & malts coming through on top of a smooth, medium body. It went down a lot easier than one might expect & was very enjoyable with a rich, complex taste & warming feel to it but it falls short of some of the better Belgian brewed beers of the style if I’m honest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (14074) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Clear dark red, dark amber to purple color, medium sized off-white head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, sweetish, lightly iron, more sweetness. Taste malts, sweetness again, (Dutch) "taai-taai", slightly alcohol, some herbs or spices. Medium to full body, suitable carbonation. One of the best Belgian Strong Ales I’ve had I think, at least one of the best Belgian style beers from the US. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (5563) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle @ benzai. Clear brown colour with a large off-white head. Quite the looker. Smells sweet, malts, herbs, slightly metallic. Tastes pretty herbal, cinnamon, gingerbread, taai taai, brown sugar- but not in a bad way. Full body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
javiercrasher (273) - Granada, SPAIN - DEC 15, 2015
De color marrón con destellos rojizos y espuma beige de pompa grande con buena retención. Aromas a fruta madura, algo de azúcar moreno y caramelo, también se intuye el alcohol. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación media. En boca fruta madura (ciruela y pera) y caramelo. Alcohol bien integrado aunque se va haciendo presente al tomar temperatura la cerveza. Buena cerveza, necesitaría algo más de cuerpo para hacer frente al 9% ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heather_B (249) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2015
Had a bottle on 03.21.14 in a hot tub with my friends. Dark brown pour with some foamy lingering head that covers the pour. I get some dark fruits in aroma and flavor. Nicely balanced malts. Some caramel. Definitely drinkable.

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